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Interesting impressions as always. Your description makes them sound very similar to the KC06A in sound quality and signature. I'm curious if these can justify being $30 more. Maybe in ruggedness at least.
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Interesting impressions as always. Your description makes them sound very similar to the KC06A in sound quality and signature. I'm curious if these can justify being $30 more. Maybe in ruggedness at least.

 

I'm not sure about the KC06A but from what I've read the S5 should have more bass quantity and slower in decay as well. The ruggedness is definitely a great feature... takes away added concerns on how you handle your IEMs. Certainly a big plus in my books...

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Hey Head-Fi users, all ok with the purchase of the T-PEOS Altone 200 from here http://www.head-fi.org/t/726736/t-peos-announce-closing-preorder-of-altone200-and-start-official-sale? First impressions? 

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Hey Head-Fi users, all ok with the purchase of the T-PEOS Altone 200 from here http://www.head-fi.org/t/726736/t-peos-announce-closing-preorder-of-altone200-and-start-official-sale? First impressions? 

Most of the reviews and impressions are found here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/724546/t-peos-altone200-3-way-hybrid-introduction-impressions-high-end-sound-cheap-as-chips
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Tralucent DacAmp One Impression

 

 

The Tralucent DacAmp One is a well built device incased in a brushed finish metal case that adds character to the already robust housing. The toggles/switches, ports and volume knob are very well implemented and the overall quality is definitely better than all the other portable amplifiers I've seen or tried. There is a slight channel imbalance issue at very low volume levels but is non-existent at normal listening volumes.

 

 

 

My setup was limited to pairing the DacAmp One to my HTC One and iPod Touch 5gen. I was looking forward to evaluate this dac/amp through my iMac but unfortunately, I got a steady beeping noise through my IEMs. I'm not sure if I did something wrong but using the same connection with the JDSlabs C5D didn't have this issue on the iMac.

 

 

 

Compared to the JDSlabs C5, the DacAmp One seems to sound a bit more clearer or should I say analytical. Detail retrieval is absolutely great on this portable dac/amp and I believe it pushes a bit more detail in the midrange and treble. The bass is clear and extends well down the sub bass region which I can't help but notice on the Noble 4 sounding more snappy than usual. The overall sound leans toward the cold side and is quite contrasting when compared to the slightly warm sounding JDSlabs C5D. Personally, I prefer the C5D and its more natural sounding signature; the DacAmp One sounds a little bit too digital and pairing it with bright sounding IEMs such as the Noble 4 only amplifies the said signature. This brings me to a conclusion that the DacAmp One can be an excellent solution for warm sounding headphones. A brief listen to the Sony MH1 with this amp confirms this and I was delighted by how clear the MH1 sounded specifically in the upper midrange all the way to the highs.

 

 

 

The Tralucent DacAmp One is a solid performer and will primarily benefit warm sounding headphones. It is unfortunate that I was unsuccessful in setting it up with the iMac and I hope that it was just a configuration error on my part/setup. I didn't encounter any problems using the DAC's capability with an Android device and the sound improvement was leaps beyond what the HTC One could meekly deliver on its own.

 

Special thanks to Gavin and @H20Fidelity for making this tour happen.

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Anyone comment on the Brainwavz R3 vs. Altone200?

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Anyone comment on the Brainwavz R3 vs. Altone200?

 

They are very different in presentation...

 

R3 bass is just a little bit warmer than neutral whereas the Altone has significantly boosted bass. Quality is great for both.

 

R3 mids is very laid back, some will say its quite recessed but it doesn't sound that bad to my ears; the Altone on the other hand has forward mids with a bit of emphasis in the upper mids.

 

R3 treble is quite neutral and detailed while the Altone is more energetic and brighter... both are really well implemented but presented differently.

 

Overall sound comparison: R3 has a warm neutral presentation with laid back mids and awesome timbre while the Altone is a fun and bright sounding IEM. Both IEMs have a special place in my book and will be keeping them for good.

 

Hope that helps...


Edited by d marc0 - 9/4/14 at 6:36am
post #518 of 528
@d marc0, just getting caught up, but nice Tralucent impressions! I'd still like to get my hands on the C5D one of these days (among 1000 other things lol).
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Just got my Altone 200's in the mail. First impressions: The previously mentioned V shaped sound. Mid's are there but not center stage. The star of the show are the high's and less so the mid bass. On my X5 the combo, with EQ off, is nice and cozy not harsh or booming. I'm hoping after a break-in period that the low bass will take a step forward and upstage the highs a bit. Fingers crossed.

 

Build quality is good. Included extras: Cable ear hangers, several sets (blue) of tips and a carry case that will hold a Clip Zip too is very nice. Instruction sheet is in Chinese only. The cables from the splitter to the buds are very light duty and I can see that becoming an issue with some users. I plan to be careful. The cables are color coded, red and blue, where they enter the buds. Red for right I assume.

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Yes that is correct Red = Right. Clip Zip seems to have a nice synergy happening with the Altones.

They are not Bass emphasised but when its there they will let you hear it. Its more the quality of bass, not bloated, fast & tight. They kinda remind me Almost Ety like really, with superior Sub bass. But then I havent had them around for a while. Just going off memory.

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Yes that is correct Red = Right. Clip Zip seems to have a nice synergy happening with the Altones.
They are not Bass emphasised but when its there they will let you hear it. Its more the quality of bass, not bloated, fast & tight. They kinda remind me Almost Ety like really, with superior Sub bass. But then I havent had them around for a while. Just going off memory.

I honestly prefer the synergy with clip+ / clip zip over iBasso DX50 and Sony NWZ-F806 Walkman. People look at me like I've lost my mind. H-300 same situation.
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Do the T-PEOS Altone 200 fit secure enough to wear while jogging?

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Do the T-PEOS Altone 200 fit secure enough to wear while jogging?

That depends largely on the shape of your ears and the tips you have on your buds. I use the blue foam tips shoved way up into my ear canal for the bass sound so in my case yes they would stay in place. Others, maybe not.

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Do the T-PEOS Altone 200 fit secure enough to wear while jogging?

You can use meelec double flange tips and they'll stay very secure. Adding a shirt clip also adds support against tugging.
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I honestly prefer the synergy with clip+ / clip zip over iBasso DX50 and Sony NWZ-F806 Walkman. People look at me like I've lost my mind. H-300 same situation.
Clip zip works great for anything that is a little bit too bright on the top end. I like my clip zip with my GR07BE
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